Tragically, though I hate to admit it, and do not think badly of me will you? But until this new issue I haven't actually been so far as to sit down and read LOVE. . .
Ridiculous and worthy of a rotten pummeling in stocks I know.
One of the articles fell into its obsessed section, which interviewed LOVE's favourite fashion people and one of my favourite people Ruth Hogben, someone who's work I envy and admire in equal measure. She is one of fashions leading moving image makers, creating glorious fashion films. Her CV alone is something that automatically makes me want to stab her out of outrageous jealously. She has worked for Nick Knight, Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, Lady Gaga, Givenchy and Celine to name a few.
Ruth started out not particularly knowing whether or not she wanted to be a 'proper photographer', she just loved the models and the clothes and the general fantasy world created by magazines. And honestly I find myself in the same sort of mind frame.
Her work speaks for itself and honestly I struggle to describe just how awesome it is so have a look for yourself, I hope you love her work even half as much as I do.
The jerky movements in the opening sequence completely unnerved me, its all very typical to the manic and perverse style that seems to be a constant theme in her videos though, its whats come to be expected and anticipated. Around 5 mins in it transforms into something more fluid and static which blends and complements the previous beautifully. The whole affect seems to be like a peculiar interpretive dance piece, i would love to be in Hogben's mind just for a few moments to glimpse the triggering inspirations for these videos.
Another article was about one of my new favourite bands, Metronomy. I was first drawn in by their toe tappingly enticing electronic beats. The sound they create sort of creeps into your brain and lodges itself until its all you can do not to hum and sing along to 'The look' or my personal favourite 'The Bay'. Since releasing 'pip paine' in 2006 lead man Joe Mount has worked with pop princesses, Kate Nash, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Nicola Roberts and also folk stars the foals. After listening to the whole album I find myself being charmed by his witty lyrics;
Get up and we get downWe're always running round this town
And to think they said
We'd never make anything better than this
The Bay - Metronomy
"The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers;
their scent spilled out into the air and took
possession of the island...
Soft, romantic fashion with dangerous undercurrents in a hard-edged realm of fantasy.
Made in Pinewood, England"
This beautiful bondage renaissance style shoot truly plays at our darkest fantasies, its based on the Italian Greek myth of Leda and the swan, a tale that inspired many a erotic subject for the old masters. The whole shoot took place in Pinewood Studios and you will safely agree with me that the final images are breathtaking.
The images above were taken from my magazine and are only select few and cropped to the bits that I liked best, if you wish to see them in their full glory go grab yourself a copy!